Tonight I sat with my wee man as he had a bath and together we sang "Twinkle Twinkle little star". It really does feel like the end of an era. So many little things have been happening together that it suddenly feels like one huge change. My wee man has officially left all signs of babyhood behind (except that damn dummy! mind you) and is now a proper boy. He himself wavers in between when he considers himself "too little" and being a "big boy" but most of the signs point in the big boy direction.
This weekend we finally just packed up the cot and had him sleeping in a big boy bed. Having had opportunities while being away to sleep in a big boy bed anyway it was a natural change really. For months he has been physically able to climb in and out of his cot so the only thing keeping him inside it was his actually willingness to sleep! I never had to dress it up or make it interesting either he just went to bed one night in it and well the end. So with that a lot of boxes came out of the storage cupboard and away went the big changing mat that was hanging about in a corner and his little walker that actually still got used when we had visitors around.
I'll be honest I'm not quite sure when we stopped using the high chair. He quite happily sits on his knees now and eats his dinner at the table. We have tried to get him to sit on cushions but he is not interested in that and moves about constantly anyway so is happy with this arrangement. It was I guess the same as just deciding to stop using a sippy cup and getting him to drink from a regular cup. These regular changes that just happen naturally.
When he was a baby changes seemed so huge and I always wondered when he would start doing certain things and when this or that will happen. As he grows though they come on so hard and fast you don't really have time to stop and think about it. We are having these big conversations now and he is able to retell stories about his day. He remembers things that happened days sometimes even a week ago. He is getting more physical and agile and showing less fear. He really is my big boy and makes me so proud.